Elizabeth Bishop Sample Answer & Notes: Use Of Language To Uncover Intensity Of Feelings

The most recent question on Elizabeth Bishop came up on the 2013 Higher Level paper:

“Bishop’s carefully judged use of language aids the reader to uncover the intensity of feeling in her poetry.” To what extent do you agree or disagree with the above statement? Support your answer with reference to the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop on your course.

The marking scheme directs examiners to reward references to her precise language, a wide range of tones, use of imagery and symbolism to describe her insights, preoccupations and deep emotions etc.
Elizabeth Bishop
Bishop’s language ranges from child-like to religious, and her imagery is carefully crafted to patiently examine diverse and intense feelings. With First Death in Nova Scotia, In the Waiting Room, Sestina, The Prodigal, The Fish and Filling Station as works full of intricate poetic structure and vivid imagery illustrating personally significant subject matter, I have every reason to fully agree the statement in question.


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